GöMUN on a glimpse
Word of Welcome
We want to extend our warmest welcome to you for GöMUN 2018.
Many of you have already seen the motto for our upcoming conference: “Apocalypse now ? – How to outlive our past.”. We would like to take this chance to elaborate on what this motto means to us and why we chose it.
After being elected as the secretariat for the GöMUN 2018 conference we started working on a suitable theme for our 10th anniversary edition of the conference. Anniversaries remind us of events and people that matter to us. They give us the chance to reflect on the years that went by since the event we are marking and prompt us to think about how the time has changed us. So we started to think about the year of the first GöMUN conference and everything that happened since then.
Over this last decade, right-wing parties rose to popularity again and climate change caused horrific catastrophes such as the floods in Haiti or earthquakes devastating Mexico D.C. Reports about genocides in Myanmar and other regions and horror stories about terror attacks in Paris, Barcelona and Manchester flooded the covers of newspapers. The international society’s successes like the first black president of the United States vanish in the abundance of failure.
We seem to be trapped in a relentlessly repeating cycle of history. Unlike a child that burns its fingers we touch the flame again and again, unable to learn from it. By choosing this motto we want to not only raise awareness to today’s problems but also to our inability of acknowledging them (early on) and acting upon them. International cooperation is as important as never before and organizations like the United Nations are expected to find solutions.
While we are not naïve enough to believe one Model UN conference can change the world, we do believe that open dialogue, debates and international cooperation strengthen one’s mindset and perception of the world – leading to change.
For more information regarding the conference please check this website and our social media pages – or send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Missed our Information Evening?
Do not worry! Just join us during our usual meetings on Monday evenings at 8pm c.t. in the Oeconomicum 0.169. Feel free to join us whenever you like, new members can (and do) join the society all year around. Therefore, it is not awkward at all to show up in the middle of the semester, so you absolutely do not have to wait for our next “Einsteigerabend”. We are looking forward to meeting you!
The Model United Nations Society Göttingen e.V. (MUNSG) was established in 2005. A group of students decided to participate in the famous Harvard World MUN in Edinburgh and founded the society. Since then, the society has constantly evolved and was proud to organize their first GöMUN-conference in 2009.
Apart from planning and holding the conference, the society works closely together with the Department for Political Science of the Georg-August-University Göttingen. Since the winter semester 2006/2007 the University offers an interdisciplinary seminar about the United Nations in cooperation with our society.
As a non-profit organization with the aim of improving international dialogue, the society also raises funds to offer financial support to its members, who wish to attend MUN-conferences, whenever possible.
Besides our engagement in Göttingen, we are working together with other MUN groups in Germany. Under the roof of the network Junges-UNO-Netzwerk (JUNON) we are helping to plan assemblies of delegates, workshops for other MUN groups and substantive work groups or study tours. Since the summer semester 2017 our society is proudly partaking in the project "UN im Klassenzimmer" (UN in the classroom), teaching pupils about the United Nations. JUNON is also a partner organization of the United Nations Association of Germany e.V.